Eradicate Goat Weed, When and With What?

ann_tx8(z8/East Texas)August 31, 2012

Goat Weed has taken over our horse pasture. It's horrible. I don't know if this stuff is an annual or perennial, or how it spreads. Am wondering if it is too late to spray it now (Sept. 1) to be time- and cost- effective? We sometimes get a light frost in October. Am wondering if it dies off for the season when it frosts. Usually don't get a freeze 'til mid-December, though our weather has been erratic to the extreme the past few years here in Zone 8a/7b East Texas.

If it is advised to go ahead now and spray, can horses stay in the pasture, and if not, when can they go back in? Also, what herbicides are recommended?

Also, when is best time to spray for this stuff? Is early spring recommended or should we wait for it to show itself?

Sincere thanks for any help.

Ann

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jean001a(Portland OR 7b)

Contact your county's Extension Service office to obtain info that's appropriate & safe for pastures with livestock.

Locate your office with this link
http://www.csrees.usda.gov/Extension/

Here is a link that might be useful: locate your county's Extension Service office

    Bookmark   September 2, 2012 at 11:34PM
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insteng

It will die back in the winter and come back in the spring. I don't run horses in my pasture but I have cattle. I have the same problem as you had. It was about 4 feet tall when I bought my property. This spring I plan on spraying the pasture with Grazon and fertilize it at the same time. It should keep the goat week under control. Also if it is mowed regulary it will keep it from getting established.

    Bookmark   January 2, 2013 at 6:07PM
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